EPISD spends $24,000 on Sun Bowl games

EL PASO, Texas - A spokesperson with the El Paso Independent School District told KTSM the district is going to spend about $24,000 to host two football games at the Sun Bowl.

On Thursday, Coronado beat Franklin, 35-28.

EPISD spokesman Gustavo Reveles said the game was played at UTEP because EPISD stadiums “can’t always accommodate the demand for tickets so the games have been moved to the Sun Bowl for several years.”

Reveles did not say how many tickets were sold during last year’s game when asked.

He also said, “The rivalries are heated but we have not had any incidents of misconduct. Students and fans tend to be respectful.”

However, EPISD police were asking Franklin fans to move to the other side of the Sun Bowl before the game started.

Art Cortez, a Franklin fan, told KTSM, “One of the young officers said we’ve had problems. Not only students but also adults – there’s been problems with parents and fights.”

“That’s crazy, us parents don’t care,” said Rhonda Delacanal, a Coronado fan.

“We’re friends with Franklin people. It makes no difference to us,” she added.

EPISD athletic director Maria Kennedy declined an interview but told KTSM there had been a few “incidents” in the past but nothing major.

Reveles said police asking fans to move was normal.

He said, “It’s a way of controlling crowds.”

Bowie High School will play Jefferson High School next week at the Sun Bowl.


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